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William Koch Jr.

Attorney Finds Evidence in Paper Bag, Wins Exoneration for Inmate

By Christian Nolan |

Attorney William Koch Jr. helped an innocent man get out of prison. But his work wasn't done yet. He next convinced the state to give his client, Hubert Thompson, $900,000 for the four-plus years he served behind bars for a carjacking, kidnapping and sexual assault he did not commit.

The 113-member Quinnipiac University School of Law class of 2015 may find job opportunities
in intellectual property law, government compliance work and insurance
litigation, according to law firm deans and other experts.

Employment Picture Improving for Conn. Law School Grads

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

New law school graduates and those who just passed the bar exam are expected to encounter a better job market than in recent years in Connecticut, though they will still face competition from underemployed, but more experienced attorneys.

Second Circuit Upholds Reversal of New Haven Double Murder Conviction

By Mark Hamblett |

The corrupt coaching of a key witness by a police detective, and the failure of prosecutors to turn over information that the witness knew nothing about the crime, has led a federal appeals court to uphold the release of a man convicted of a double murder in New Haven 20 years ago.

David Golub

State Worker Layoff Lawsuit Featured a Decade of Twists and Turns

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

Now that the legislature has signed off on a $100 million settlement of the 12-year legal battle between state unions and former Gov. John G. Rowland, who really won?

Family Law Bar Sees Pros, Cons of Fast-Track Divorce Bill

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

Legislation that would make it easier for some married couples in Connecticut to get a divorce quickly and without a court hearing has prompted some concerns among matrimonial lawyers that divorcing spouses won't be getting legal advice they might need.

Lawyer Accused of Stealing $1.8 Million from Client's Estate

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A long-time Woodbury attorney has been arrested and accused of stealing more than $1.8 million from the estate of an Oxford woman who died in 2010.

Alice Bruno

Four Attorneys Nominated for Superior Court Judgeships

By Law Tribune Staff |

One attorney who is a former executive director of the Connecticut Bar Association and another who is a leading appellate attorney at one of Connecticut's largest law firms have been nominated for Superior Court posts. Also nominated for judgeships are a Meriden solo practitioner with a criminal defense practice and a litigator from a Greenwich firm.

Sean McElligott

Tired Doctor Blamed for Errant Injection Leading to $4.25 Million Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A mother who suffered a permanent spinal cord injury after an anesthesiologist botched a painkilling epidural injection during childbirth has been awarded $4.25 million.

School Parking Lot Death Results in $1.1 Million Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

The family of a teacher who was fatally injured in a school parking lot will collect $1.1 million in a settlement.

Editorial: Forensic Examiner Scandal Should Prompt Conn. Action

In a shocking admission of scandalous proportions, the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation recently acknowledged that over a two-decade period spanning from the 1980s through the 1990s, an elite group of federal forensic examiners overstated the evidentiary value of microscopic hair analysis.

Conn. Court Says Insurer Doesn't Have to Pay in IBM Data Breach Case

By Christian Nolan |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has upheld lower court rulings that denied insurance coverage to a company seeking payments to cover the costs of a data breach. But the brief, unsigned opinion may not provide the legal guidance sought by insurance, business and consumer groups that were closely following the case in the wake of other recent breaches involving retailers and health care benefits providers.

Chase Rogers

'Miranda' Rules Clarified in Case Involving Bloody Suspect

By Christian Nolan |

Police officers can ask criminal suspects about their physical well-being without violating their Miranda rights, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

Physicians Reach $11.5 Million Settlement With Insurer

By Christian Nolan |

A lawsuit filed by physicians and the Connecticut State Medical Society against United Healthcare that has been pending for nearly 15 years has finally settled for $11.5 million.

Robert Laney

Restaurant Wins Defense Verdict After Diner's Fall

By Christian Nolan |

Frieda Battipaglia v. Chuck Wagon Restaurant LLC: An elderly woman who fell while entering a popular Litchfield County restaurant and shattered her hip and shoulder was unable to convince a jury that the restaurant should be liable for her injuries.

Patricia King

Patricia King: Mentors Can Help New Lawyers Avoid Ethical Lapses

By Patricia King |

The results of the February bar exam were just released, and another wave of young lawyers will be sworn in very soon. Unfortunately, the job market and student loan debt will force many of them into solo practice if they cannot find other employment.

Carlos Candal

Immigration Attorney Cultivates Successful Wine-making Business

By Karen Ali |

Carlos Candal says that running his wine company can be more difficult than operating his New Haven law practice. At the very least, said the founder of Fat Gaucho Wines, it involves an equally steep learning curve.

Kathy Flaherty

Commentary: Violent Actions of Mentally Ill People Aren't Predictable

By Kathleen Flaherty |

As the associate executive director of the Connecticut Legal Rights Project, which provides legal services to adults with mental health conditions, and a member of the governor's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, I must respond to the May 4 guest commentary "When Rights of the Mentally Ill Affect Public Safety."


Norm Pattis: Ignorance of Law Is Good Reason for CLE

By Norm Pattis |

I've never been a fan of arbitration and mediation. Loosey-goosey fact-finding is dangerous. The rules of evidence matter, and mastery of those rules best equips a lawyer to present reliable information.

Conn. Releases Results of Latest Bar Exam

The following list contains the names of everyone who passed the February 2015 Connecticut bar examination. However, not everyone on this list has been recommended for admission to the bar.

Legislators OK Bill Extending Statute of Limitations for Minors to File Lawsuits

By Associated Press |

Connecticut is moving closer toward providing minors who have been injured with additional time to file lawsuits.

Ex-Harlem Globetrotter Sued for Child Support in Conn.

The ex-wife of Harlem Globetrotters legend Meadowlark Lemon is suing the basketball star for allegedly skimping on child support payments.


Mark Dubois: Simplifying Divorce Is the Right Idea

By Mark Dubois |

Kudos to Beth Bozzuto, Connecticut's chief administrative judge for family matters, and the Judicial Branch for proposing a streamlined and fairly summary process for folks with limited assets and issues who wish to be divorced.

Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Kevin O’Connor, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, for the position of associate attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice. January 22, 2008. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/LEGAL TIMES.

Former Conn. U.S. Attorney Hired by Previously Sanctioned Investment Firm

By Law Tribune Staff |

Former Connecticut U.S. Attorney Kevin O'Connor has accepted a new position for a multibillion-dollar, Stamford-based investment firm that has previously been sanctioned by the federal government.

Renee Bauer

Improving an Imperfect Process

By Robin DeMerell Provey |

Practicing law sounds simple when Renee Bauer puts it in her own terms—it's about helping others. And when Bauer talks about divorce law, it's clear that supporting people through one of life's most difficult challenges is what she's best-suited for.

George Jepsen

Cellular Companies to Pay Conn. $374,000 in 'Data Cramming' Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

Connecticut and the 49 other states have reached settlements with Verizon Wireless and Sprint worth $158 million over allegations that the mobile giants allowed phony charges on their customers' monthly bills so they could keep a cut of the profit.

The Saxe family visited Jeremy, in red, during his time in Nepal in 2008.

Son's Death Inspires Conn. Attorney's Nepal Relief Efforts

By Karen Ali |

In 2008, Jeremy Saxe spent a semester abroad in Nepal. A philosophy major at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, he was profoundly affected by his experiences, and was especially disappointed by the poor local schools. A little girl in the family with which he was staying wanted to be a nurse. He didn't see how that was going to happen with the limited curriculum offered.

Cocaine Blues? Conn. A National Leader in Federal Drug Prosecutions

By Isaac Avilucea |

Former Newtown Police Sgt. Steven Santucci was arrested in early May by federal authorities who say he was running an international drug-trafficking ring from his office desk. He allegedly used the proceeds to take numerous lavish trips abroad, including African safaris.

Attorney Sentenced to Year in Prison in Mortgage Scam

By Christian Nolan |

A West Hartford lawyer who took part in a $3.5 million mortgage fraud scheme has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, according to federal prosecutors.

2015 Litigation Departments of the Year

Practice might not always make perfect. But it makes for more successful litigation. That’s what we learned this year from the Connecticut Law Tribune’s annual Litigation Departments of the Year competition. In addition to a truly impressive array of legal victories achieved by our winning firms, the articles in this special section outline an array of techniques that the firms use to prepare themselves for trial.


Norm Pattis: When Big Trials Turn Into Public Spectacles

By Norm Pattis |

I'm always amazed when I read press accounts of cases I have either tried, or am in the midst of trying: the reporter's gloss rarely reflects the complexity of the proceeding.

Alan Sobol

Law-Breaking Company Offers to Build Houses for Habitat

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The normal drill for punishment in federal court is prison time, fines or probation. But a North Branford-based construction company that ran afoul of the law is asking U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton to consider sentencing the company to build two homes.

Editorial: Law School Grads Should Remember to Be Civil, Reasonable and Thorough

As 3Ls graduate and prepare to engage in the practice of law, we want to leave them with a few practice tips. While some of these may appear to be common sense, our experience with attorneys who have done all of the below indicate that it may prove helpful to spell these out.

Meaghan Mary Cooper

New Model for Accountable Care Organizations

By Meaghan Mary Cooper |

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, recently released a request for applications seeking accountable care organizations (ACOs) to engage in a higher risk, higher reward arrangement than is currently available to ACOs participating in other CMS initiatives.

State Poised to Expand Telemedicine Options

By Paul D. Squire And Barry B. Cepelewicz |

With advances in digital technology and widespread use of the Internet in everyday life, "telemedicine" would appear to be the next IT phenomenon and has already generated a great deal of media interest.

Editorial: CBA's Diversity Efforts Warrant Cautious Optimism

Just over a year ago, we expressed our serious concerns about the Connecticut Bar Association's struggles with diversity. The CBA has made progress in addressing these concerns.

Lawmakers Debate Extending Statute of Limitations in Personal Injury Cases

By Christian Nolan |

In most instances, Connecticut parents have just two years after a mishap to bring personal injury claims in court on behalf of their children.


Mitigating the Risks of Medical Technology Security

By James O. Craven And Kevin M. Smith |

For years, the military has promoted keeping "left of boom." The idea is that on a time line from left to right, soldiers should anticipate and avoid—that is, stay left of—harmful and hazardous events, or the "boom."

Left: John Tanski, Thomas Rohback, and Francis Morrison III. Right: members of Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider’s intellectual property team: Jeremy Lowe, Ted Mathias, Chad Landmon, Stacie Ropka, Matthew Becker.

Lean, Mean and Patently Successful

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The number of civil jury trials has dropped precipitously in the United States, but don't tell that to the 59 litigators at Hartford-based Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider. Every single lawyer at the firm is a litigator, and all of the firm's revenues derive from litigation—or at least the possibility of it.

Standing: Joseph B. Burns, Erin E. Canalia, Proloy K. Das, Thomas A. Plotkin, Robbie T. Gerrick. Seated: Austin J. McGuigan, Anne C. Dranginis

Appellate Practice Makes Perfect

By Christian Nolan |

Last year, the Hartford-based Rome McGuigan had four cases go before the state Supreme Court. Of those, two decisions were clear victories, and a third was sent back for a new trial which resulted in a settlement.


Cybersecurity Compliance Poses Challenge for Providers

By James E. Bowers And Richard D. Harris |

Data breaches affecting the health care industry have reached epidemic proportions. Over the past 12 months, three massive data breaches have occurred involving Anthem (affecting 80 million individuals), Premera (11 million), and Community Health Systems (4.5 million).


Achieving Diversity in Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials

By Katherine L. Kraschel And William J. Roberts |

Research has shown that differences in biology and genetics may influence the efficacy of pharmaceutical treatments. If a potential compound's performance is evaluated in a homogenous trial population, such results may not apply to a heterogeneous patient population.

Standing (L to R): Anthony M. Fitzgerald, Brian T. Henebry, James K. Robertson, Jr., Maureen Danehy Cox, Damian K. Gunningsmith, Fatima Lahnin, David T. Grudberg, Jennifer R. Peschell (paralegal), Rick L. Street, Thomas J. Sansone, Stuart C. Johnson. Sitting (L to R): Amanda C. Nugent, Sarah S. Healey, David S. Hardy, Anne D. Peterson, Marc J. Kurzman.

Putting an Imprint on Big Verdicts

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The cost of litigation may drive more marginal cases into dead ends. But when cases involve significant sums, weighty legal issues and complicated facts, they still go to trial. Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey is the type of firm that gets hired for that sort of significant litigation.

Feds Settle With Ambulance Companies for $595,000

By Christian Nolan |

Two ambulance services covering the majority of Fairfield County have agreed to a $595,000 settlement with the federal government to resolve allegations that they inappropriately billed the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Nina Pirrotti, Joshua Goodbaum, Robert Richardson, Steven Fitzgerald, Joseph Garrison,Ethan Levin-Epstein.

Bringing Change to the Workplace

By Robin DeMerell Provey |

The New Haven employment law firm of Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Richardson, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti largely concentrates on representing employees who allege they were wrongfully terminated or shortchanged financially.

Top (L-R): John F. Droney, Jared Cohane, Luke R. Conrad, David A. DeBassio, Peter J. Martin, Thomas J. Farrell, Jeffrey J. Mirman. Bottom (L-R): Amy E. Markim, Nick R. Valenta, Timothy T. Corey, Alexa T. Millinger.

Building on Success

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

Winning a $5.3 million arbitration award against an architect involved in a high-end condominium complex was just one of the successes in 2014 for the construction law practice group at the Hartford office of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder.

Seated: Eric W. Wiechmann, David A. Reif, Paula Cruz Cedillo. Standing:  James E. Regan, Thomas J. Finn, Brittany A. Killian, Shawn Smith, Thomas J. Rechen.

Writing the Book on Business Law

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

The attorneys in the Connecticut offices of McCarter & English had big successes last year—such as bringing lengthy litigation over the University of Connecticut law library building to a conclusion and getting a favorable award in a high-stakes securities arbitration case.

Conn. House Approves Expedited Divorce Process

By Associated Press |

Some married couples in Connecticut may soon be able to part ways more quickly. The House of Representatives voted 135-12 on May 12 to create a new expedited process.

Left, members of Wiggin and Dana’s product liability litigation team. Front row, left to right: Kevin Smith, Armel Jacobs, James Craven. Second row, left to right: Alan Schwartz, Carolina Venture, Jeffrey Babbin. Right, members of Wiggin and Dana’s white collar/government compliance litigation team. Front row, left to right: Tahlia Townsend, Robert Hoff, Jenny Chou, James Bicks, James Glasser. Back row, left to right: Richard Levan, Joseph Martini, David Ring.

Flying High

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

It's not many firms that have the breadth of expertise to both defend a man facing a lengthy prison term for a multimillion-dollar investment fraud scheme and defend an aviation company facing litigation following a helicopter crash. But Wiggin and Dana pulled off both feats in 2014.

Seated: Christopher J. Hug, Jessica A.R. Hamilton, Stephen E. Goldman. Middle row (L to R): Deborah A. Vennos, Sharone G. Kornman, Rhonda J. Tobin, Susan M. Seamans. Back row (L to R): Raymond T. DeMeo, Michael R. Kuehn, Stephen O. Clancy, J. Tyler Butts, Daniel F. Sullivan, Johnathan E. Small, Wystan M. Ackerman, Gregory P. Varga.

Offering Assurance to Insurers

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

When big storms like Superstorm Sandy ravage the coastline and insurance claims come pouring in like floodwaters, teams of Robinson & Cole lawyers work to minimize the insurance companies' losses. The Hartford-based firm has represented the insurance industry in many high-exposure cases, ranging from natural disasters such as Sandy and Hurricane Irene to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Seated:  Thomas P. Parrino, Edward Nusbaum. Standing: Harold W. Haldeman, Laura R. Shattuck, Randi R. Nelson, Tom M. Melfi.

A Happy Marriage of Divorce Lawyers

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

For its compassion and success in handling divorce and custody cases, and its exceptional statewide reputation in the practice area, the Westport firm of Nusbaum & Parrino has been named the Connecticut Law Tribune's Litigation Department of the Year award recipient for the family law category.


Navigating Health Department Disciplinary Proceedings

By Paul E. Knag and Taruna Garg |

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is charged with regulatory oversight of health service providers. In addition to issuing licenses and certifications to providers, the DPH has the authority to investigate and take disciplinary action against providers who are in violation of the law or otherwise pose a risk to public health and safety.

From left to right: James A. Budinetz, James G. Green, Jr., David W. Case, Louis R. Pepe, Rory M. Farrell, Cathy Hanrahan Ouellette, Heidi Zabit, C. Ian McLachlan, Bruce Beckius, Thomas G. Librizzi, Alfred A. Turco, James Ross Smart, Steven Lapp, and Peter Zarella.

When Everything Comes Together

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Five years ago, Connecticut's Pepe & Hazard merged with New Jersey-based McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter to create a firm with 300 lawyers and offices in six states. At the time, lawyers on both sides of the deal weren't simply looking at how partners would get compensated, how possible conflicts of interest would be resolved, and how business volume might grow from marrying their firms.


Ruling Restricts Ability to Challenge Medicaid Rates

By Kim E. Rinehart and Maureen Weaver |

On March 31, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its ruling in Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center, holding that providers cannot sue under the Supremacy Clause to invalidate Medicaid rates that conflict with the Medicaid Act's requirements that rates be sufficient to support quality care and enlist enough providers to ensure equal service access to Medicaid recipients.

Health Law

Inside the health law special section: achieving diversity in pharmaceutical clinical trials, cybersecurity compliance poses challenge for providers, new model for accountable care organizations, practical considerations for unifying medical staffs, state poised to expand telemedicine options, bystander distress claims permitted in med-mal suits, mitigating the risks of medical technology security, navigating health department disciplinary proceedings, and ruling restricts ability to challenge medicaid rates.

Working Together, With Conviction

By Christian Nolan |

Everyone knows the lawyers in the Appellate Bureau of the Chief State's Attorney's Office handle criminal cases in the state appellate courts. But that's not all they do.

Jeffrey Babbin

Bystander Emotional Distress Claims Permitted in Med-Mal Suits

By Jeffrey R. Babbin |

Medical malpractice claims are often accompanied by emotional distress claims asserted by the patient's family members. In Maloney v. Conroy, 208 Conn. 392 (1988), the Connecticut Supreme Court held that "bystanders" to medical malpractice may not recover for their own emotional distress.


Practical Considerations for Unifying Medical Staffs

By Rebecca Matthews And Diane Cooper |

On May 12, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a long-awaited final rule, officially permitting medical staffs from hospitals within a multi-hospital system to unify.

An Alternative Approach

By Douglas S. Malan |

Two retired judges with a combined 42 years of experience on the bench are doing everything in their powers to keep people out of the courtroom. Former Superior Court Judges Robert L. Holzberg and Lynda B. Munro certainly have nothing against their Judicial Branch colleagues. Instead, they are focused on providing resolutions through mediation and arbitration as part of Pullman & Comley's Alternative Dispute Resolution practice group.